Friday, August 10, 2007

Another Mexico-U.S. Trade Corridor Challenged by Local Townships

Besides the controversy over the "Trans-Texas Corridor" (which is planned to extend through West Tennessee), there is a fight brewing over the "La Entrada al Pacifico" which currently slices from Mexico's west coast with tentative plans to extend across the border, through the wild country of the Big Bend, including two Texas towns, which are organizing to oppose.

West Texas residents, bolstered by the Sierra Club, are concerned that the huge truck traffic and pollution increases should the corridor be built with government money and boostered by a private trade organization in Midland-Odessa, TX (George W. Bush's childhood home). Opponents started a website with a blog.

There is a dark side of "free trade" that deserves to be watched. It may not directly affect Tennesseans now, but the outcome of this battle will probably affect us down the line.

1 comment:

  1. If you ever want to see an interstate designed by a 'committee' with political considerations, Interstate 69 (love the name) aka Trans Texas corridor is the one. Designing the express to come through Tennessee is a 'coup' for Frist.